Map crafts are a fun way to commemorate a summer vacation, or to celebrate your state, your town, or use some cool scrapbook paper. These decoupaged Vintage Map Balls look like mini, old world globes and you can make them with vintage-style scrapbook papers or an outdated road map. Designer Mary Lynn Maloney uses 3” and 4” balls to make her mini globes, and you can do the same, or go smaller or larger. I’m also sharing a decoupaged Map Christmas Ornament for the holidays.
While you’re working on your mini Vintage Map Balls, why not decoupage a bowl to display them in?
To make Vintage Map Balls, you’ll need:
- STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 4″ and 3″ balls, and a block or other scrap
- Map or scrapbook paper with maps
- Mod Podge, matte finish
- Textured fibers to match, 2 yds.
- Thick, white craft glue
- Tools needed: Wood skewers, wax paper, stiff bristle paintbrush, scissors
To make Vintage Map Balls:
1. Cover your work space with wax paper. Tear map paper into pieces.
2. Insert a wood skewer into each ball to use as handle. Working on a fourth of a ball at a time, brush Mod Podge onto the ball, and cover with torn paper pieces. Continue, working on one section at a time, until the ball is covered. Brush Mod Podge over the ball to seal the paper. Insert the skewer into the foam block while the ball dries. When dry, brush on another coat of Mod Podge and let dry.
3. Squeeze a thin line of glue around each ball. Adhere fiber to glue, trim ends.
4. Display and enjoy!
If you, a friend or family member has taken a special trip this year, why not make an Around-the-World Map Ornament to commemorate the journey? Make a few of these today, before the holiday rush, and you’ll be so glad you did come December.
Have you traveled somewhere this summer, or do you plan to? I’d love to hear about your summer vacation.